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Rutgers Scarlet Knights 28, Arkansas Razorbacks 24: A Punch in the Gut for Arkansas and Its Season

The Razorbacks' path to a bowl gets much harder after a stunning comeback by the home team

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

When Jonathan Williams -- yes, running back Jonathan Williams -- hit Hunter Henry with a touchdown pass about halfway through the third quarter and Arkansas kicked the extra point to go up 24-7, Arkansas fans had to feel good about their chances and their season. The Hogs were about to move to 4-0, and wins against Auburn and Mississippi State or splitting those games and getting one upset would put Arkansas in the postseason in Bret Bielema's first season.

Then, the rest of the game happened. Rutgers responded with 21 unanswered points to take the lead and eventually win the game, leaving the Hogs 3-1 and just about requiring an upset to even think about going to a bowl. It's not impossible for Razorbacks to secure a 13th game, but it suddenly looks much, much harder.

Arkansas was at a distinct disadvantage going into this game -- taking a long trip to New Jersey and playing A.J. Derby at quarterback instead of their usual starter. In some ways, it wasn't a shock that Rutgers won if you look at the box score; they outgained Arkansas 400-283 and only came as close as they did to losing because of three turnovers. Still, the loss was a gut-punch to the team's fans and perhaps its hopes. Suddenly, there's a reason to be nervous about what happens next.